WP Central's Blog – October 2010 Archive (77)

The results are in!!

Hi Write Pathers, hope you've all had a good half term break? Have been out and about myself and was very surprised to run into Lorraine French, Trinity School in the middle of a country park - we do get about don't we?! I do now know the winners of this years Write Path but before announcing them I want to say how high the standard of writing was this year and how wonderful all the young people that took part are - it's a pleasure to work with such talented students (and their… Continue

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Hi everyone hope you've had a good week. I've noticed there are very few votes on the surveymonkey form for this years winners - I wanted to close this today so please do vote if you can. If you cannot ask the students that's fine, could you please vote on your own behalf for top Primary, Secondary and Poetry school. All members are eligible to vote so our authors can vote too ;0) . At the moment no clear winners so please please try and get your votes in today.…


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All over - bar the proof reading!

I'm sitting here feeling slightly sad right now because it's the end of this years Write Path but what a wonderful couple of weeks it's been. Today's entrants have kept up the high standard and the books are going to be absolutely fab. I hope to send them to print in a couple of weeks but as you probably already realise putting them all together is a bit of a mammoth task. Can't wait to see them though!! So many memories I will treasure from this year, including having a lovely video chat with… Continue

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15th October - Sorrel Anderson

On my first birthday a speeding car crashed through the wall of our house and crashed back out again, narrowly missing the cot where I lay sleeping. Or so I am told.

On my third birthday a bolt of lightening struck the roof of our house and the telly exploded, narrowly missing the rug where I sat playing. I have no recollection of the event.

But I vividly remember my fifth birthday, when a man dressed as a clown unicycled - uninvited and at top speed - into and around our… Continue

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15th October - Marcus Sedgwick

London, 1825. A horrific place. It is dark and dirty. A thin, eery

mist creeps through the streets. It is quiet. No! Footsteps! Someone

is running madly down the narrow cobbled streets. It is a man, and

from the look on his face he is terrified. As he runs he looks over

his shoulder. He turns into a tiny scraggy alley, and is gone. Then

some terrible ragged thing looms out of the mist for a moment, and it

too goes down the alley. There is silence for a moment, and… Continue

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15th October - Dave Cryer

My story really begins on the day my own dad was sacked by his own mother, who – yes, you’ve worked it out – is my own gran.

I’m Sarah Parks, but everyone calls me Sparky. I’ll explain why later, but first of all let me tell you how my grandmother booted my dad out of his job.

This might sound a bit weird, but there are four main people in my family and until the day in question – just before Christmas would you believe – all four of us were, for one strange term, all in… Continue

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15th October - Bali Rai

The cave entrance was dark and forbidding, the only light came from my torch. I stood completely still, frozen in terror. Behind me was the monster, relentless in its pursuit. I had no choice. Either I faced my fears or I turned back the way I’d come - back towards the monster. Yeah, like that was a choice…

I closed my eyes and tried to summon up courage. It’s only darkness, I told myself, repeating what my mum used to tell me, when I wouldn’t go to bed. Nothing to be afraid of. My legs… Continue

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15th October - Ali Sparkes

SOMETHING is stuck in my eye. Not a bit of grit. Not a vindictive finger from my brother, either. We all see things, don’t we? Tricks of the light. Well, yeah. And I’ve been seeing tricks of the light for a couple of weeks. Something dark to my left. Something… crouching. Always to the left. But of course, as soon as I turned to look… nothing.

Until this morning, when I sat up in bed and saw it again. To the left. Crouching. I opened the curtains, ready to find it gone again.

But when… Continue

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15th October - A G Taylor

The sign reads Danger – Live Explosives. Danny and I ignore it as we duck under the black and yellow Do Not Cross tape and step into the entrance hall, which is deathly quiet now all the tenants have moved out. Tower Block #3 has a bad reputation, even by local standards: muggings, burglaries and all the unsolved murders. It’s a good thing it’s finally being demolished, if you ask me. But not until 2pm this afternoon.

As we enter the lift and the doors close, Danny asks, “How much cash do… Continue

Added by WP Central on October 14, 2010 at 20:19 — 6 Comments

Our very own Phil Collins and voting

It was so much fun writing a paragraph today with my daughter via Skype!! We had a great time and I love all of the other Grown Up contributions. It was so exciting being on the 'other end' for once! All of our schools that took part today were fantastic too but I must give a mention to a very special lady, Allison Painich, The schools I work with in Louisiana and New York are supported by a wonderful charity the Carmel Hill Fund. Allison works for the Fund in Louisiana and we have become… Continue

Added by WP Central on October 13, 2010 at 21:22 — 4 Comments

14th October - Logonot School Kenya

Once upon a time there lived two young men by the names Tom and James.They lived in one of the biggest cities in their country. Both of them came from very rich families.
During their free time they used to watch video films at either Toms or James house and if they were not watching films they used to go to a nearby club where all kinds of entertainment was done. Their friendship led them to a pool of problems

Added by WP Central on October 13, 2010 at 21:00 — 4 Comments

14th October - Julia Jarman

I found it in the shed at the bottom of the garden, in the dark, at the back. Hidden. Whoever put it there didn’t want it to be found. I would never have come across it if I hadn’t got locked in. While I waited for the others to find me I started foraging around to relieve the boredom. Luckily I had a torch and that’s how I saw it, sticking out from between the pages of an old telephone directory. I opened the book and for several minutes I just stared, but when the door opened I hid it again… Continue

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14th October - Jane Prowse

I always dreamed of going on a Voyage of Discovery... tall ships, thousands of miles at sea, discovering worlds of untold beauty, filled with exotic people who were as interested in my life as I was in theirs. My life. Huh. Get real, Jodie - who'd be interested in me? I go to school, do my homework, watch TV. Nothing interesting ever happens to dull old me. Oh, except did I say I'm adopted? They're lovely people - Dan and Mellie. Always saying how they chose me and how they love me more than… Continue

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14th October - Dave Cryer

When my dad moved back from France, my mum changed the locks on our front and back doors. Or rather she got a little man to do it. That was her phrase – a little man, get a little man in to do a job. Most of the time they weren’t little. And this particular little man that came to change the locks was actually a woman.

‘It’s still a little man,’ she said to me. We were standing in the kitchen, drinking tea. She’d just made one for the locksmith.

‘Mum, she’s called… Continue

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14th October - Barry Hutchinson

How long have I been asleep? Days......weeks.....months? Down here in the dark , locked away, out of sight. The others are still sleeping, the boy, the girl, their parents but......I’m not the only thing awake down here. Something’s with us , something lurking in the shadows , something.......wrong. I can hear it walking – no not walking, skulking creeping across the floor, over the supplies, over the equipment keeping the others alive. I can hear its breath rasping in and out rattling at the… Continue

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14th October - Alan Cliff

George trudged on. London was a very big place he thought.

"Look George, over the road, Great-Grandfather's shop," said

George's father. He and George had come to London, not only to

see the sights but to visit great-grandfather's shop. George had

never been to London, nor had he known that his great-grandfather,

who had died long ago, had owned a shop there.

George stared across the road.. The shop stared back, its two

bulging windows and the door between… Continue

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13th October - Scott Humphrey

What is the meaning of life? Are we the only sentient life in the universe? These are just some of the questions Terry Douglas had never committed much thought to. He had a vague inkling that numbers were involved somehow but maths had never been his forte. The only number Terry was concerned with was the one counting the popularity of his twitter feed. So when a delegate from the Intergalactic Council arrived at his door asking for his opinion on some of the deeper questions of the cosmos it… Continue

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13th October - Ursula Hurley

The letter came on a Tuesday morning, as she was making breakfast. She perched on a stool, a bowl of cereal balanced on her knee, and began to read. Her eyes flicked from side to side over the crumpled paper. Then she stopped chewing, her mouth fell open, and the bowl slid to the floor, where it smashed in a milky puddle.

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13th October - Tommy Donbavand

I was sitting on the toilet when it happened. I’d just settled down with a can of Diet Coke and the latest Dr Who adventures – you know the one with the ‘grow your own weeping angel’ on the cover – and that’s when the creature swam through the u bend , burst out of the water and bit me on the bum “Ow!!”

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13th October - Nicola Morgan

You don’t expect ghosts on sunny days, do you? Joe and Callum definitely didn’t when they went to the beach that day. Anyway, who ever heard of ghosts on a beach? In crumbling castles and old cobwebbed buildings, yes. On a stormy night with thunder and lightning, yes. But on a baking hot afternoon, with the sky a piercing blue, and seagulls swirling lazily above the waves? No. Besides, other people would be there, surely? Their parents wouldn’t have let them go otherwise. But when they arrived,… Continue

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